Mike Shariati Crowned Season XIV WPT Player of the Year

Mike Shariati has been crowned the World Poker Tour Player of the Year following a hugely successful season XIV in which he cashed in three WPT events, made two final tables, and eventually walked away with a title. All told, the US pro earned 2,450 POY points, and collected $1,362,710 in prize money for his three finishes.
Also enjoying an impressive run in season XIV was female player Cate Hall, who cashed seven times, and made two final tables for 1,900 POY points, and a total payout of $461,102. Commenting after the WPT Player of the Year winner had been announced, Mike Sexton tweeted:
“Congrats to Mike Shariati for winning the WPT POY & @catehall for terrific season (7 cashes & nearly winning POY) – Monster WPT TOC up next!”
Last September, Shariati took down the $3,700 WPT Legends Of Poker in Los Angeles for $675,942, in the process defeating Feddy Deeb heads-up to deny the player his third WPT title. In February this year, Mike Shariati once again found himself in a heads-up position, this time at the WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Main Event, although this time he finished second best to German pro Dietrich Fast, but still picked up $656,540 as a consolation prize. This month, Shariati then finished the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $3,500 Championship in 21st place to collect $30,228, and 50 POY points to close out the season.
Mike Shariati now joins a long list of past winners which includes Daniel Negreanu (Season III), JC Tran (Season V), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (Season VII), and last year’s winner Anthony Zinno (Season XIII). Shariati also collects a Hublot timepiece, as well as economic benefits for Season XV of the WPT, including complimentary accommodation, food and beverage credits, and free ground transport from the closest airport to any WPT event he may be attending.


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